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What’s in the basic Sky TV bundle?

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Sky's Basic TV package is called the Sky Original Bundle, and is the bare bones of its many flexible TV options. It includes a great selection of popular channels, and can be customised with other channel packs.

Here's exactly what you’ll get with the basic Sky TV bundle, from channels, prices, upgrades, and all the other options that come with the service.

The channels

Despite this being a ‘basic’ TV package, there is nothing particularly basic about the variety of its channels. You get the big hitting Entertainment channels, like Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Living as well as lifestyle, news and international channels. You’ll also receive over 240 free-to-air channels and 11 free-to-air HD channels, so you’ve plenty to be getting on with.

The Sky Original Bundle

Sky used to have six different channel packs, and customers taking the basic package could choose any one of them as part of their subscription. These days Sky uses a simpler system, and all customers get the 36+ channel Entertainment Pack as standard, plus the option to add extra channels with Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

With Sky's basic bundle, you’ll get the channels outlined above, the ability to pause, rewind, and record live TV thanks to a free Sky+ HD box, access to Sky’s on-demand service, the free app Sky Go, and 11 free-to-air high definition channels - and the option to add the free Sky Broadband Lite package with 2GB usage and weekend calls.

The Sky Original bundle starts at £16.13 per month, and comes on a 12-month contract. If you choose to take up the offer of free broadband and calls you'll also need to pay £15.40 a month line rental.

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Sky Sports

If you’re a sports fan, you can enhance your basic Sky TV bundle with Sky’s sport channels.

The Sky Sports add-on starts at £24.50 per month and comes with seven dedicated sports channels, including Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1, and the most recent addition, Sky Sports 5. If you need your football, rugby, or golf fix, the Sky Sports pack presents a great option for building on your basic Sky TV bundle.

Sky Movies

If sports aren’t your thing, you can upgrade your basic TV bundle with a movie package instead.

The Sky Movies add-on starts at £16.50 per month and features 11 Sky Movies channels, including Sky Movies Premiere and Sky Movies Disney, and around 800 movies to watch on-demand. This is a great option for movie buffs looking for a full cinema experience at home (except without the sticky floors and endless trailers).

Compare Sky bundles

Want to know how much it all costs and what other options Sky has? You can use our comparison table to see the basic, intermediate, and advanced TV bundles that Sky offers.

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels309
    SD Channels298
    HD Channels11
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£21.50 after 12 mths)
    £16.12
    Upfront Cost£31.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£27.93
    First Year Cost£335.19
    Lifetime Cost£335.19
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels407
    SD Channels361
    HD Channels46
    3D Channels1
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£33 after 12 mths)
    £24.75
    Upfront Cost£31.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£36.56
    First Year Cost£438.75
    Lifetime Cost£438.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels442
    SD Channels379
    HD Channels63
    3D Channels1
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£71.25 after 12 mths)
    £55.75
    Upfront Cost£31.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£67.56
    First Year Cost£810.75
    Lifetime Cost£810.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394

What are my alternatives?

If you’ve decided that Sky TV just isn’t for you, there are still plenty of alternatives out there, including BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, each of which offers a cheap entry-level package.

Conclusion

Sky has the widest range of TV channels in the UK, but it’s not the cheapest option for a starter pack. There’s plenty of scope for expansion though, so you’ll be able to add more channels and services as time goes by.

Comments (1)

m zuczkowski
4th April 2013

please change my package to the basic one many thanks m zuczkowski

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